Malaxis apiculata Dod 1986

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Full shade Cool LATER Spring

Common Name The Apiculate Malaxis [refers to the apex that is emarginated with an apicle coming out of the sinus]

Flower Size .24 x .42" [6 x 15 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in the Cordillera Central in primary broadleaved forests among rocks at elevations around 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped by 2, tall, completely enveloping the pseudobulb and carrying 2, ovate to elliptic, acute to acuminate, basally rounded into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, strict, bare, angled, glabrous, 4.8" [12 cm] long scape, rachis umbellate to subumbellate, .4" [1 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with triangular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carryign dark green, resupinate glabrous flowers.

"Originally identified as M umbelliflora but it is from Jamaica and differs in the lip that is much longer than wide, while M apiculata has a lip that is wider than longer." Dod 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Moscosoa 4: 174 Dod 1986 drawing fide;